By Tali Campbell
December 31st 2012, Richmond BC – The North Island Silvertips came very close to competing in the Major Midget division gold medal game at the Richmond International Midget Tournament, however they lost in the semi-finals to the United Cycle in overtime 4-3.
The Silvertips went 2-2-0 in the round robin. Starting off the tournament with a 3-2 loss versus United Cycle, then a 4-1 win over Arizona Bobcats. Following that game they lost to the Thompson Blazers 4-0 and in the last game of round robin they beat the Compete Hockey Academy Rams 4-0.
In the quarter finals the Silvertips came back in the third period to beat the Mission AZ Ice 8-6, which was followed by a heartbreaking loss later in the night against United Cycle in overtime.
Fighting for a bronze medal they would take on the Thompson Blazers on Monday, December 31st at 9:15am.
The Thompson Blazers owed the ice for the first period scoring two unanswered goals; first by Dexter Robinson and second by Dustin Vasil. There was no scoring in the second period then in the third the Tips’ would score three unanswered goals within 5 minutes. Nick Gomerich would add two goals while Grady McInnes would add one to make it a 3-2 Silvertips game. However, the Blazers were not giving up, evening it up at 11:32 by Carson Richards then later on David Larouche of the Blazers would net the game winning goal. The Blazers beat the Tips’ 4-3 to take the Bronze medal.
Without a doubt Nick Gomerich was the Team’s MVP with 7 goals, and overall 10 points. Nick who thought his team played strong even when they were down “we played right till the buzzer.” Nick who would have liked to have left with a medal feel the tournament was a huge positive all around for his team.
Silvertips are back in action in the BCMML on January 5th and 6th taking on the Rockets in Kelowna.